Texas A&M fires coach Jimbo Fisher.
School officials are expected to notify the coach Sunday morning of his firing, sources with knowledge of the decision told Yahoo Sports.
Top university officials met earlier this week and are expected to meet again Sunday to consider firing Fisher. The series of meetings highlighted the looming decision regarding Fisher, who has eight years remaining on his contract with a buyout estimated at more than $75 million.
The Texas A&M University Board of Trustees met Thursday in an executive session lasting more than four hours, much of which was used to discuss the coach’s future.
Intense pressure had been building in College Station because of the state of the football program under Fisher’s leadership. The Aggies beat Mississippi State Saturday night 51-10 to improve to 6-4, but that did nothing to appease an agitated fan base and frustrated donors, as well as administrators.
TexAgs.com, a local College Station site with close ties to Texas A&M, first reported Sunday that the school planned to fire the coach.
Fisher was 45-25 at school. Since the Aggies finished 9-1 during the COVID season in 2020, they have gone 19-15. A&M has lost 10 of its last 15 games against Power Five opponents.
The school was paying Fisher approximately $9 million per year in salary under a 10-year contract that was extended before the 2021 football season. The contract was reportedly fully guaranteed and was worth approximately $95 million at the time. of dollars.
The buyout amount to fire Fisher is believed to be the largest buyout paid to a football coach and will eclipse the total amount spent by 15 schools to fire coaches last year, which hovered around $72 million.
It’s been a whirlwind last 12 hours in College Station.
After the win over Mississippi State on Saturday night, Fisher left, as he often does, for his ranch in a hasty move that raised questions from several staff members. On Sunday mornings, the program hosted several breakfast meetings with recruits and their families.
A team meeting is expected to be scheduled later Sunday to inform players and staff of the decision.